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Java Development

Answering the demand with simplicity

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Meet the growing demand for Java developers

Java, one of the easiest object-oriented programming languages to learn and use, has been the dominant language for decades. No longer just a web development language, it’s now used in general-purpose programming. Developers use this platform-independent, open-source programming language for web, mobile, and server-side applications development.

The growth of Android OS, wearables, and appliances in the Internet of Everything (IoE) has contributed to the soaring popularity of Java and it's the language of choice for backend development for high-performance concurrent applications. It also has a simplicity; it doesn’t use the complicated concepts of pointers and thereby avoids the challenges of dealing with memory leaks.

The Java community

In this 8-unit Java Programming specialization, you can start as a novice and, in just four to six months of hands-on practice, master the fundamentals, and start articulating the intricacies of efficient algorithms using Java. Java is ubiquitous. Students of Java find a wide range of community support while they develop this skill.

Giving you a competitive edge

  1. Java Programming I
    A mind-expanding, new way of thinking for novices
  2. Java Programmings II
    Gain a strong understanding of object-oriented programming (OOP) concepts that provide the structure for most Java applications and the basis of the language itself.
  3. Data Structures and Algorithms using Java
    Deeper insights into Java data structures and algorithms. You'll practice the core facilities of Java, Java API, create your own libraries, and gain the ability to analyze algorithms that are most important to professional programmers. Note: 70% of interview questions for developers are focused on this one topic.
Once you’ve completed these three courses, you’ll have a competitive edge in the job market.
   

   

Java in the Real World

In this brief Java program overview, several of our alumni talk with instructors Bineet Sharma, M.S.C.S., chair of the UCSC Silicon Valley Computer Programming certificate program, and instructor Radhika Grover, Ph.D., about how they're using Java in the workplace. (June 1, 2022)

   

Why Developers Choose Java

Hear Bineet Sharma, M.S.C.S., chair of the UCSC Silicon Valley Computer Programming certificate program and the Java Programming specialization program, discuss the job outlook for Java programmers, getting started in the field and resources for course planning. (June 28, 2021)

Program Overview

Estimated Cost: $2,625 (You pay only for courses you enroll in.)
Program Requirements: 8 units
Minimum Hours of Instruction:
Estimated Duration: 4–6 months
Modality: You can complete this program fully online.
Special Programs: This program is not approved for workforce or international students.

Courses

1. Required Course(s): You must successfully complete the three courses below.

Quarter Units: 3.0
Start / End Date
Cost
Instructor
Location
Section ID

07-11-2024 to 09-12-2024
$980.00
CMPR.X407.(19)
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CMPR.X412
Quarter Units: 2.0
Start / End Date
Cost
Instructor
Location
Section ID

06-11-2024 to 09-10-2024
$625.00
CMPR.X412.(851)

09-05-2024 to 10-24-2024
$625.00
CMPR.X412.(36)
See complete class schedule here.

09-10-2024 to 12-10-2024
$625.00
CMPR.X412.(852)

11-05-2024 to 02-04-2025
$625.00
CMPR.X412.(853)
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Quarter Units: 3.0
Start / End Date
Cost
Instructor
Location
Section ID

06-11-2024 to 09-10-2024
$980.00
CMPR.X413.(834)

09-07-2024 to 11-09-2024
$980.00
CMPR.X413.(28)
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2. Completion Review:

Start / End Date
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Section ID
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Program Chair

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BINEET SHARMA, M.S.C.S., is a seasoned technologist with more than 30 years’ experience in technical architecture, upper level management, professional teaching, and entrepreneurship. He has served as program chair of the UCSC Silicon Valley Extension Computer Programming certificate program since 2019 and the Java Programming specialization since 2022. Please see his full bio.

Establish Candidacy

Who should establish candidacy?

  • People who are pursuing a certificate (and have enrolled in a course in the program).
  • People who want to lock in the current requirements of a certificate or specialization.
4 Simple Steps to a Certificate or Specialization
  1. Complete a course in your selected program.
  2. Establish candidacy. Click on the Establish Candidacy button on your program page.
  3. Take all required courses for certificate completion.
  4. Once your grades are posted on your final course, enroll in the certificate review fee.
A Benefit of Establishing Candidacy

Program requirements may change. Once you commit to a program by establish your candidacy, you will not have to change your plans to meet new requirements. They are locked in for you. Timeline: 4 years to get it done (or 3 for a specialization) You must complete all the necessary units in a certificate within a four-year window. The clock begins on the first day of your first course in the certificate program. For example, if you started a course on Sept. 5, 2023, you would have to finish by Sept. 4, 2027.

Note: Establishing candidacy does not trigger the beginning of the four-year window. It begins the first day of the first course in your chosen certificate program. The Certificate Completion Review process does not have to occur within the four-year timeframe.

Exceptions to the four-year requirement
  • If you Established candidacy prior to Jan. 1, 2024, you will have five years to complete a program.
  • Students participating in a special program, such as workforce, international, or our curriculum partner programs, such as the Legal Studies courses (CLS by Barbri) and sales and business courses (Ziplines Education) have shorter completion requirements.

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